How to Render in Google SketchUp

Courtesy N. Norman
Modeled in SketchUp - Rendered with IRender nXt.
Courtesy Henry James-Allison of DFAL
Modeled in SketchUp - Rendered with IRender nXt.

Google SketchUp is a free 3-D modeling program that you can use to design models of anything you desire, such as a exterior and interior views of buildings.

When you design a model in SketchUp, it appears in a low quality rendering without special lighting and reflection.

To see your model as a high-resolution photo-realistic image, you will need to render it using a rendering add-on which you can download and install.


  1. Download a rendering add-on - such as IRender nXt - See 30 Day Free Trial
  2. For exteriors, select the High Dynamic Preset
  3. For interiors - add lights as desired and select one of the Interior Presets.
  4. Click the green render button.

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